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Unformatted text preview: . A single hour can consist of thousands of different
colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spat blues. Murky darknesses.
In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them.
As I’ve been alluding to, my one saving grace is distraction. It keeps me sane. It helps me cope, considering the
length of time I’ve been performing this job. The trouble is, who could ever replace me? Who could step in
while I take a break in your stock-standard resort-style vacation destination, whether it be tropical or of the ski
trip variety? The answer, of course, is nobody, which has prompted me to make a conscious, deliberate decision
—to make distraction my vacation. Needless to say, I vacation in increments. In colors.
Still, it’s possible that you might be asking, why does he even need a vacation? What does he need distraction
Which brings me to my next point.
It’s the leftover humans.
They’re the ones I can’t stand to look at, although on many occasions I still fail. I deliberately seek out the
colors to keep my mind off them, but now and then, I witness the ones who are left behind, crumbling among
the jigsaw puzzle of realization, despair, and surprise. They have punctured hearts. They have beaten lungs.
Which in turn brings me to the subject I am telling you about tonight, or today, or whatever the hour and color.
It’s the story of one of those perpetual survivors—an expert at being left behind.
It’s just a small story really, about, among other things:
• A girl
• Some words
• An accordionist
• Some fanatical Germans
• A Jewish fist fighter
• And quite a lot of thievery
I saw the book thief three times. BESIDE THE RAILWAY LINE
First up is something white. Of the blinding kind.
Some of you are most likely thinking that white is not really a color and all of that tired sort of nonsense. Well,
I’m here to tell you that it is. White is without question a color, and personally, I don’t think you want to argue
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2014 for the course ENG 99 taught by Professor Michal during the Winter '13 term at CSU Sacramento.
- Winter '13